Master Gardeners bloom through training

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Master Gardeners bloom through training

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension McLean & Livingston County Master Gardeners is proud to welcome 18 new interns to the program after completing 14 weeks of extensive training by University of Illinois and University of Illinois Extension Educators in all subjects' horticulture. From insects and plant diseases to propagation, they covered it all and everything in between.

University of Illinois Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup believes, "our new Master Gardener interns will travel throughout the counties to complete their volunteer hours and share their new found knowledge in a range of approved Master Gardener projects." These projects will range from the historic Sarah's garden at the David Davis Mansion, to the healing garden at the Community Cancer Center, to finally working through demonstration booths at various farmers markets.

"Reaching youth and the underserved through the love of gardening and promoting the environment will be the McLean County Master Gardeners goal of 2017 and guiding our future work in the counties," states Kelly.

Please help University of Illinois Extension in welcoming these 18 new interns to our McLean County & Livingston County Master Gardeners program! Laura Baue, Jan Capodice, SteveCastleman, LindaCorban, JanCrump, Carol Csanda, Delilah Finnegan, LauraFriday, Sara Garrett, Lisa Larkin, MarkLarsen, Lana Miller, Manjula Mohan, Barb Moore, Michael Parker, Dan Slagell, JoanSmeltzer, and JudyWurth.

For anyone interested in becoming a Master Gardener or getting involved with our program, please visit our website at for details. Also, feel free to contact the McLean & Livingston County Master Gardeners during their weekly summer help desk hours for all of your gardening, backyard and landscaping questions! They are available at the McLean County Extension Office at (309) 663-8306 on Mondays 9 a.m. to Noon and Wednesdays 1 to 4 p.m. and the Livingston County Extension Office at (815) 842-1776 on Thursdays 9 a.m. to Noon.